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When Life Becomes Surreal

The mat outside my door says folks are welcome. How many weeks will pass before that’s true? Though some who make predictions have great knowledge, the only one who KNOWS, Dear Lord, is You. Last Sunday I attended worship service* behind the church. Instructions were to stay inside our cars. We heard a moving message. We couldn't hug, but we could sing and pray! Last week I paid my family a visit.* They sat ten feet away in folding chairs while I sat in my car. Our conversation, though just ten minutes long, dispelled my cares. Those canned goods I’d shoved way back in my pantry, I now find tasty. I’ll shun them no more! This challenge proves that I've been spoiled and wasteful. With effort, I'll be better than before. This epidemic spreading through the nations has changed our lives. Each day seems more surreal, but my small inconveniences are minor compared to heartbreak many millions feel. I pray for those whose loved ones have been taken by this pandemic and those gravely ill, the ones who risk their lives each day for others, and those who lost their jobs and can’t pay bills. God bless those who give time, supplies, and money to those in need. Such times bring out the best in many. Volunteers prove pure compassion brings joy and peace in life’s severest tests. In solitude, I cry out, “How long, Father, will this go on? Please take this plague away!’ His thoughts and ways aren’t like ours; they are higher.** We can’t give up. His Word says we must pray.*** *UPDATE: Events of these stanzas occurred before the "Stay in Place" mandate was declared in my state. Before this, parking-lot stay- in-vehicle services were acceptable, as were necessary groupings of ten or fewer, with distancing. **Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. ***In Luke 18, Jesus tells the Disciples a parable to make the point that we should pray and not give up. Date: April 4, 2020 Contest Title: Quarantine Poems placed 1st Sponsor: Julie Leigh Rodeheaver

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Date: 5/14/2020 12:37:00 AM
Congratulations on top win :)
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 5/14/2020 12:46:00 PM
Thanks so much, Neethu. Janice
Date: 5/13/2020 10:19:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in Julie contest, Janice. Hugs Eve
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Date: 4/8/2020 8:35:00 PM
Hello Janice … the world is in lockdown but we must abide. The tragedies that are growing day by is something new to us, but we must believe and do what we can to stay safe - thank you Janice for your fine poem - Lindsay
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/8/2020 10:17:00 PM
Thanks so much, Lindsay. Janice
Date: 4/5/2020 1:03:00 AM
The mat outside my door says folks are welcome... The first line itself makes me smile.. My mat also saying the same.. but my small inconveniences are minor compared to heartbreak many millions feel.. Great words.. May GOD help us to let the season pass.. Takecare..
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/5/2020 9:25:00 AM
THANK YOU so much, Jenish. Janice
Date: 4/4/2020 9:44:00 PM
Such a heartfelt write, Janice, yet under firm poetic control... His ways are truly unfathomable. We do our part, praise ad pray. Faith and Light, Gershon
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/4/2020 9:48:00 PM
Thank you for your kind words, Gershon! Janice
Date: 4/4/2020 2:09:00 PM
WOW! This is awesome in its content.. everyone can relate to. Much wisdom and feelings packed into words of faith. For me, this is poem of the day, Janice.
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 4/4/2020 2:10:00 PM
Vijay, your comment has made MY day! :-) Janice